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*Film 1: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things image

*Film 1: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things (12A)

Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. The film follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.


The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music - a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism. Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.


Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.

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Sunday 20 Oct 201915:00
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*Film 2: Jazz on a Summer's Day (U)

An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer’s Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Sunday 20 Oct 201917:00
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A Corner of the Earth

London Surf / Film Festival


WORLD PREMIERE

Presented in person by director Spencer Frost.


Captured during a frigid exploration of the North Atlantic, this sumptuously filmed tale follows QS surfer Fraser Dovell's transition from the hard grind of the WSL to letting go of the dream and ‘getting a real job’.


Accompanied by filmmaker Spencer Frost and photographer Guy Williment, Fraser embarks on one last journey, to seek out hollow slabs and reeling points in the wild beauty and treacherous solitude of the Arctic. Battling extremes of weather and close encounters with the majesty of nature, Fraser comes to a new appreciation of just what it means to be a surfer.  This must-see travelogue stirs up the wanderlust and reignites the stoke!


Followed by a Q+A with director Spencer Frost


- PLUS -

An Audience… with Steve England, Editor in Chief, Carve Surfing Magazine

More than 2 decades at the coal face of the UK’s finest surf publication leaves it mark… from big wave charging misadventures to big screen stunt doubling at the boneyard, unrepeatable tales and epic surf stories, Steve has promised to reveal all…


- PLUS -

A Surfer’s Search Dir. Kevin Steen, 4mins


Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK

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Thursday 10 Oct 201919:00
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All About Me (PG)

Face to Face with German Talent


The closing film of this year’s Face to Face with German Talent: The German Film Weekend is a heart-warming true story based on the best-selling memoirs of famous German entertainer Hape Kerkeling, here played by talented young actor Julius Weckauf. Oscar®-winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa, Beyond Silence) delivers a charming portrait of a boy from a troubled family who, after a tragedy, is taken in by his grandmothers. The characterful young boy amuses them and their friends by dressing up and performing colourful impressions, but life is not always easy for a boy like him in 1970s Ruhr Valley.


The bittersweet coming-of-age story explores themes of family, loss, sexuality and life choices with a light touch and an eye for comedy and pathos – true to the spirit of its beloved subject, one of the most popular faces on German television.


With over 3.6 million admissions, All About Me is Germany’s #1 national box-office hit and won three German Films Awards in 2019 for Highest Admissions, Best Supporting Actress for Luise Heyer and the Best Feature Film in Bronze.



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Sunday 22 Sep 201920:30
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Amá

The Circle


Amá is a feature length documentary which tells an important and untold story: the abuses committed against Native American women by the United States Government during the 1960’s and 70’s: removed from their families and sent to boarding schools, forced relocation away from their traditional lands and involuntary sterilization.


The result of nine years painstaking and sensitive work by filmmaker Lorna Tucker, the film features the testimony of many Native Americans, including three remarkable women who tell their stories - Jean Whitehorse, Yvonne Swan and Charon Aseytoyer - as well as a revealing and rare interview with Dr. Reimart Ravenholt whose population control ideas were the framework for some of the government policies directed at Native American women.

 

It is estimated over a twenty-year period between 1960 and 1980 that tens of thousands of Native American women were sterilized without their knowledge or consent. Due to poor record keeping during this era the number may in fact be much higher. Many of these women went to their graves having suffered this incredible abuse of power.

   

Amá was co-produced by Raindog Films, a London-based production company helmed by Academy-award winning actor Colin Firth and prolific film producer Ged Doherty, and the Roddick Foundation.


Followed by a Q&A with Lorna Tucker, Director and Charon Asetoyer, Executive Producer

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Wednesday 2 Oct 201919:00
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And 2 If By Sea

London Surf / Film Festival


UK PREMIERE


Highly anticipated tale of two of the most iconic surfers of the professional era - identical twins CJ and Damien Hobgood. Their intense sibling rivalry fuelled a constant struggle to out-surf and out-perform each other in and out of the line-up, driving them to numerous event victories – and ultimately a world crown.


While the desire to establish their own identities may have powered their surf careers, it ultimately ripped their personal and peripheral relationships apart. Six years in the making, this is an open and frank cinematic tale of adventure, destiny and family that lifts the lid on the pressures of life on and off the tour.


Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK

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Wednesday 9 Oct 201920:45
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Art, Film, Toys

American Export


An evening with visual artist Hetain Patel and guests, exploring Hetain’s work through the lenses of art, cinema, and the toy industry. In between screenings of a number of his recent short films, including his afro-kung-fu-sign-language spectacle Don’t Look at the Finger, and The Jump - his Spider-Man homage featuring 17 of his family members, Hetain will be chatting with experts from the worlds of cinema and toys and games. This includes film director Andy Delaney, known for directing a number of iconic music videos for the likes of Lauryn Hill, Spice Girls, George Michael and Soul II Soul, as well as his recent feature film Love is Blind. Also joining Hetain on stage will be Billy Langsworthy, co-founder of Mojo Nation, an organisation supporting inventors in the toy industry, championing creativity across the sector and Deej Johnson - a writer and creative consultant, whose end clients range from members of The Magic Circle to brands such as Costa Coffee and Disney Store. The panel will be reflecting on Patel’s practice through their individual industry lenses, exploring the intersection of their worlds and the viability of artists interested to take a leap into other areas.


Hetain Patel is a visual artist working across film, photography, sculpture and live performance in galleries, theatres and online. Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non-professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.


In recent years Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, and made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta, with his dad. He designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale and has created a number of multi lingual dance theatre productions, including a commission for Candoco Dance Company, which continues to tour internationally. In 2013 Patel was invited to do a TED talk, which has since had close to 3 million hits, adding to a total of 38 million views of his videos and performances online.


This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.

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Tuesday 8 Oct 201920:45
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Bait (15)

Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.



★★★★★

"Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years." - Little White Lies

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Saturday 28 Sep 201918:4520:45
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Bernabéu (PG)

London Spanish Film Festival


BERNABÉU

Striker, captain, and later President of Real Madrid FC during its most decorated era, the legend of Santiago Bernabéu lives on to this day in the hallowed halls of its stadium, named in his honour. Through extensive archival material and passionate, revealing interviews, Salazar-Simpson’s warm-hearted documentary illustrates his revolutionary approach to the transfer market, instrumental role in the creation of the UEFA Champions League (which Madrid have now won a record 13 times), infamous dressing-room pep-talks (nicknamed ‘santiaguinas’), and matchless ability to build a winning machine on the pitch.


Bringing some of Madrid’s most legendary names to the club, including Molowny, Muñoz, Puskás, and Di Stéfano, Bernabéu masterminded an unprecedented streak of 5 consecutive European cups (1955-1960) and, later, 5 consecutive La Liga crowns (1960-1965). Filled with tender nostalgia and profound respect for a man who, at the time of his death in 1978, had been President for 35 years, Bernabéu is a must-see for fans of Real Madrid, the beautiful game, and of sport in general, with all its matchless pain and glory.

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Friday 27 Sep 201920:40
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Between Two Waters (12A)

London Spanish Film Festival


ENTRE DOS AGUAS

When filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta released The Legend of Time in 2006, part-fiction and part-documentary about gypsy brothers Isra and Cheíto, Spain’s daily El País labelled it a ‘miracle’. Fast-forward 12 years, and Between Two Waters finds the impish boys now matured into adult men with pressures, duties, and responsibilities. Having gone their separate ways since childhood, the pair are reunited once more in their hometown, the island of San Fernando. Isra is recently released from jail, desperate to win back his wife and three daughters, and Cheíto, having just finished a long mission with the marines, hungers to settle down with his family. As the brothers’ reunion sparks memories of their father’s violent death, a series of candid, piercing conversations reveals a profound sense of reconciliation, redemption, and fellow-feeling.

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Sunday 29 Sep 201917:40
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG)

Newman's Own


Paul Newman and Robert Redford star as the eponymous leaders of a band of outlaws. After one train robbery too many they find an unshakeable posse on their trail and decide to break for Bolivia.


“Note-perfect performances, a screenplay steeped in both nostalgia and a timely sense of insight, and anti-heroes you can't help but love: it's no surprise that the always re-watchable Butch And Sundance was once labelled the most likeable film ever made.” – Empire Magazine

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Sunday 13 Oct 201919:00
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Charming (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.


Three fairy tale princesses find themselves engaged to the same guy, Prince Charming.

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Saturday 12 Oct 201911:30
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Cool Hand Luke (15)

Newman's Own

Luke Jackson (Newman) is a gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who refusing to buckle under to authorities, keeps escaping and being re-captured. The camp staff actively work to crush him.

As this "Southern" turns up the heat, the sense of sadistic oppression, of being looked down on by the man swelters and burns. The glowering sun eclipses the conflict in its hellfire glow. Newman/Luke’s knowing smile, though burns on

Variety

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Wednesday 16 Oct 201920:00
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.


Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

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Saturday 28 Sep 201911:30
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Fleabag (15)

National Theatre - Encore


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.

★★★★★

'Witty, filthy and supreme.' The Guardian

Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre

Show image by Jason Hetherington

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Thursday 3 Oct 201919:00
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For Sama (18)

An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.


★★★★★

“There simply hasn’t been a film like it before….A guttural cry of despair and an incendiary plea for justice. A fellow critic has already called it, ‘One of the most important films you will ever see in your life’. And I’m inclined to agree” - The Times

Winner Best Documentary SXSW 2019 / Winner Audience Award SXSW 2019

Winner Special Jury Prize Documentary Hot Docs 2019

Winner L'Oeil D'Or Festival de Cannes 2019

Winner Audience Award Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

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Tuesday 1 Oct 201920:50
Monday 21 Oct 201920:30
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Hammer's Vampirella - A Live Script Reading

De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History Institute and Hammer Films present a live-script reading of one of the most infamous unmade British films of all time.


In 1975, Hammer Films mounted an expensive and ambitious adaptation of the hit comic book Vampirella. The film failed to make it into production, but for one night only, an incredible cast including Georgina Dugdale, Jonathan Rigby and Hammer legend Caroline Munro perform a live reading of the original Christopher Wicking script.

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Thursday 17 Oct 201919:30
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.

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Wednesday 9 Oct 201912:0015:30
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Hud (12A)

Newman's Own


Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. The film broke new ground in its depiction of an unglamorous West and in its anti-heroic lead.

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Sunday 20 Oct 201919:30
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LS/FF19 - Friday Evening Pass

London Surf / Film Festival

Friday Evening Pass


This evening pass gives you access to a whole night of surf cinema on Friday 11th October plus a free beer! Pass numbers are limited. Films include:


7pm European Premiere Zone Frequency
Dir. Jack Coleman


8.45pm UK Premiere White Rhino
Dir. Brent Storm


& More!


Full line up details

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Friday 11 Oct 201918:55
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LS/FF19 - Saturday Evening Pass

London Surf / Film Festival

Saturday Evening Pass


This evening pass gives you access to a whole night of surf cinema on Saturday 12th October plus a free beer! Pass numbers are limited. Films include:


7pm World Premiere Translate
Dir. Chris McClean

A Very Special Screening Tan Madonna
Dir. Alex Knost


8.45pm UK Premiere La Ola Sin Fronteras
Dir. Julian and Joaquin Azulay


& More!


Full line up details

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Saturday 12 Oct 201918:55
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LS/FF19 - Thursday Evening Pass

London Surf / Film Festival

Thursday Evening Pass


This evening pass gives you access to a whole night of surf cinema on Thursday 10th October plus a free beer! Pass numbers are limited. Films include:


7pm World Premiere A Corner of the Earth
Dir. Spencer Frost

PLUS Q+A with the Director


8.45pm UK Premiere SPOONS: A Santa Barbara Story
Dir. Wyatt Daily


& More!


Full line up details

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Thursday 10 Oct 201918:55
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LS/FF19 - Wednesday Evening Pass

London Surf / Film Festival

Wednesday Evening Pass


This evening pass gives you access to a whole night of surf cinema on Wednesday 9th October plus a free beer! Pass numbers are limited. Films include:


7pm UK Premiere Satori
Dir. Rick Wall

PLUS Q+A with the Director & big wave surfer Dougal Patterson


8.45pm UK Premiere And 2 If By Sea
Dir. Justin Purser


& More!


Full line up details

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Wednesday 9 Oct 201918:55
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La Ola Sin Fronteras

London Surf / Film Festival


Julian and Joaquin Azulay, (Gauchos del Mar) have garnered a reputation as hardy, nomadic, waveriding adventurers. In this much anticipated, thought-provoking documentary they go searching for waves in the remote and under-explored Falkland Islands, an often inhospitable and inaccessible archipelago of over seven hundred islands. The Argentinian brothers spend nearly two months immersed in the islands’ culture, searching for waves on foot, by 4×4 truck, on inter-island planes and sailboat. What they discover is a beautiful yet often bleak landscape, where the scars of the Falkland War are still visible, both in the minefields and in society. They hope to make new friends and share waves – but can the shadow of the conflict be overcome?


- PLUS -

Flux Dir. Lewis Arnold (5 mins)

Asking questions on the state of surfing today – disparate strands are evolving and in flux… a low-fi experiment starring JJF.


Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK

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Saturday 12 Oct 201920:45
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Litus (PG)

London Spanish Film Festival


LITUS

Three months ago, young Spaniard Litus was killed in a car accident. Now, for the first time since his death, his brother Toni gathers his friends together to reminisce about old times and find closure from the tragedy. However, Toni brings unexpected news: Litus left a series of mysterious letters of farewell, one for each companion. As hidden secrets and furtive riddles come tumbling out beyond the grave, director Dani de la Orden provides a complex, layered study of the crushing heartbreak, and tender humour, of a group in mourning.


Preceded by the short ALGO EN LO QUE CREER / Something to Believe in

dir. Fany de la Chica, with María Alfonsa Rosso and Manuel Salas | Spain | 2018 | 13 min | cert. PG | In Spanish with English subtitles


Little Alba is about to receive her first Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Her grandfather is very sick, so she asks Jesus Christ to end his life in peace. However, when he dies the next day, leaving a drug-addict uncle to take care of the children, a concerned Alba fears that she is culpable for his death. An insightful and reflective short from award-winning Andalusian filmmaker Fany de la Chica, now based in Harlem (New York), which won a College Emmy Award in 2019.

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Sunday 29 Sep 201920:20
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London In The Raw + Strip (15)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


Peering behind the grimy net curtains of London life into seedy bars and clubs, and burrowing beneath the glittering façade of the capital's glamorous cocktail lounges and casinos, London in the Raw presents a cynical vision of the life in 1960s London.

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Sunday 6 Oct 201915:00
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MIRAJ, CREAM Screens x A Nos Amours present (PG)

A screening of Chantal Akerman's 1996 self-portrait Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman celebrating the launch of two new publications devoted to her work.  


The evening launches a double issue of the journal Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ) devoted to Akerman, with essays and features from eminent and emerging writers on her work, both for screen and gallery. This follows the Ambika P3 exhibition of 2015, entitled Chantal Akerman NOW. Contributors include Griselda Pollock, Janet Bergstrom, Alison Rowley and Dominique Piani.


A Nos Amours also launch a book gathering together research and reference materials relating to the 2013-15 complete retrospective of work for the cinema. The Chantal Akerman Retrospective Handbook has a foreword by the celebrated theorist and film-maker Laura Mulvey. The book includes accurate information to assist with curation and screening, as well as texts from the likes of Ivone Margulies, Raymond Bellour and Richard Brody. The book is intended to be the essential Akerman companion.


Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman (1996, 63')


Commissioned for Cinéma, de notre temps, the legendary series of film-maker portraits curated by Janine Bazin and André Labarthe. Akerman chose to make a study of herself as film-maker. Why not? She had turned film-making back on itself, and discovered a feminised and ‘other’ sensibility, another way of seeing the world and self.


Click for more info - A Nos Amours

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Tuesday 24 Sep 201918:30
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My Neighbour Totoro (U)

Part of our Kids' Kino Club
Tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.

My Neighbour Totoro charts the adventures of two young sisters who befriend one of Ghibili's most beloved characters, a forest sprite named Totoro, on a family holiday. A heartwarming and life affirming tale.

"One of the finest family films ever made."

Film4

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Saturday 19 Oct 201911:30
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One Man, Two Guvnors (12A)

National Theatre - Encore


Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.


Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.


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Thursday 26 Sep 201919:00
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Peeping Tom (15)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


Loner Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) works at a film studio during the day and, at night, takes racy photographs of women.  Also, he’s making a documentary on fear, which involves recording the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends Helen (Anna Massey), the daughter of the family living in the apartment below his, and he tells her vaguely about the movie he is making. She sneaks into Mark’s apartment to watch it and is horrified by what she sees – especially when Mark catches her.


Followed by a Q&A with author and publisher Yak El Droubie and Jean Sporle who was a friend of Pamela Green, one of the victims in the film, and one of the legendary Harrison Marks's models in the 1950s/60s in magazines such as Kamera.

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Friday 4 Oct 201920:30
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Petra (18)

London Spanish Film Festival


PETRA

Artist Petra arrives at the home of celebrated sculptor Jaume Navarro, ready to begin a creative residency. However, nothing is as it seems in this Catalan countryside. After the death of her mother, she is desperate for answers regarding identity and place, suspecting the boorish Jaume of being the father she never knew. Petra is soon embroiled in a series of intricate, spiralling secrecies, as the lives of Jaume’s wife Marisa, their photographer son Lucas, his housekeeper Teresa, Teresa’s husband Juanjo, and their son Pau forcefully collide in a malicious, absorbing battle of lies, myths, and broken memories. A Greek tragedy Spanish-style, complete with eerie, non-chronological shifts of time, Petra is the sixth feature from art-film director Jaime Rosales, a regular at Cannes for many years.

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Sunday 29 Sep 201914:55
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Playmobil The Movie (U)

Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.


Animated feature film inspired by the popular Playmobil brand toys.

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Saturday 5 Oct 201911:30
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Primitive London (15)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


The sensational follow-up to London in the Raw sets out to reflect society's decay through a sideshow spectacle of 1960s London depravity – and manages to outdo its predecessor!

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Saturday 5 Oct 201915:00
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Rattle of a Simple Man (15)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


Percy Winthram (Harry H Corbett), a shy, repressed 39-year-old, is in London with some buddies to see the football championship. While on the town, his pals bet that he can’t talk a beautiful blonde (Diane Cilento) into a tryst. Unknown to them, the lady in question is a prostitute. But after overhearing the wage – in which Percy’s motorbike would be forfeit if he loses – she kindly takes him back to her apartment, regaling him with lies about her luxurious past life along the way.


Followed by a Q&A with Dom Delargy of Soho Bites

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Sunday 6 Oct 201917:00
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SPOONS: A Santa Barbara Story

London Surf / Film Festival


UK PREMIERE


An inspiring and insightful exploration of how a small corner of coastal California has produced some of the world’s most talented surfers and innovators. The groomed lines that wrap around the cobblestone point at Rincon have provided the proving ground for many of surfing’s radical thinkers – from George Greenough, Rennie Yater, Bob McTavish and Nat Young to Wayne Lynch, Jon Pyzel, Al Merrick, Ryan Lovelace and more.


Combining incredible archive footage and thoughtful interviews this award winning documentary chronicles the craftsmanship, work ethic, renegades and traditions that go beyond time spent in the sea, to define the evolving ethos of generations who forge an oceanic life around the notion of craft, heritage and place.


- PLUS -

Camel Finds Water Dir. Ian Durkin, 8mins

Trevor Gordon found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He built it back to a sea-worthy state and took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves…


Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK


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Thursday 10 Oct 201920:45
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Satori

London Surf / Film Festival


UK PREMIERE

Presented in person by director Rick Wall.


Multi award winning documentary exploring the tight-knit crew of big wave chargers who have dedicated their lives to the ocean, riding the huge waves off the shores of Cape Town, South Africa. Captured in breathtaking cinematography, Satori goes deep into the community and into the line-up at two of the planet’s most notorious moving giants, the infamous Dungeons breaking in the cold, sharky waters below The Sentinel in Hout Bay and Sunset Reef that detonates a kilometer out in the steely seas off the small coastal village of Kommetjie.


Opening up to the power of the ocean is a moment of beauty, fear and ‘satori’ a feeling of instant awakening. While each surfs these waves for different reasons, this powerful film uncovers the connection that they all feel and believe in.


Followed by a Q+A with director Rick Wall & big wave surfer Dougal Patterson



- PLUS -


Street Surfers Dir. Arthur Neumeier 8mins, SA

Big wave surfer Frank Solomon meets street surfers Thabo and Mokete, in this untold tale of friendship & marine activism.


Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK

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Wednesday 9 Oct 201919:00
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Secrets of a Windmill Girl (15)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


London's historic Windmill Theatre became famous as the only London establishment that stayed open throughout the Blitz. At the time it offered live entertainment that mixed comedy with semi-nude burlesque dancing.


Followed by a Q&A with The Truffaut of Smut screenwriter and critic, David McGillivray

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Saturday 5 Oct 201917:00
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Sorry We Missed You (15)

London Labour Film Festival presents

a special pre-release film screening,

plus Q&A with Rebecca O’Brien and Tom Zaniello


The new film from Ken Loach, Paul Laverty and the team behind I, Daniel Blake.

Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.


Drink reception - 5.30pm

Film - 6.00pm


Rebecca O'Brien is the BAFTA-Winning Producer at Sixteen Films

Tom Zaniello is an author & eacher, and specialist on Labor Film


★★★★★

“Utterly absorbing”

- The Independent

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Monday 7 Oct 201918:00
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Spellbound (PG)

Psychology at the Movies

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Follwed by a panel discussion about the psychological themes and events of the movie.

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Tuesday 22 Oct 201919:00
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Suzi Q (15)

Premiere


Trailblazer. Inspiration. Survivor. Suzi Q is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke through around the world in 1973.


The trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of female rock musicians who followed her, Suzi Q reminds contemporary audiences of her pioneering influence, white-hot talent and string of incandescent pop-rock hits. Testimony is duly made by a string of rock luminaries, with focus on the women who followed the roadmap Suzi charted for them.


Exiled to Europe during her success yet now largely forgotten in her homeland, we return with Suzi to Detroit. Exploring the long simmering family tensions and sibling rivalries that result from the success of one family member, Suzi Q reveals the price paid for success in a deeply personal exploration of fame, ambition and resilience.


Still on the road after 50 years, Suzi Quatro surely is The Queen of Rock’n’Roll. Accept no substitutes.


Followed by a Q&A with Suzi Quatro

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Wednesday 25 Sep 201919:30 (Sold Out)
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The Boys (12A)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same incidents that led up to the crime. After re-examining the suspects’ statements, the prosecuting counsel finally learns the truth.


Followed by a Q&A with acclaimed crime writer Cathi Unsworth

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Sunday 6 Oct 201920:00
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The Final Quarter

London Australian Film Society
THE FINAL QUARTER screening + panel discussion + drinks reception

In partnership with AFL Europe and ORIGINS: Festival of First Nations



The London Australian Film Society continues its fascinating examination of race relations with the unflinching documentary The Final Quarter.


This immersive feature film will appeal to anyone interested in issues of racism in today’s world, not just Australia.    


Using only archival material to tell the story of the period from 2013 to 2015, it focuses on the unparalleled furore surrounding sportsman and 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes – who was not only a champion Australian Football League (AFL) player, but also a respected Indigenous leader.  


In similarly powerful style to Asif Kapadia’s documentaries, Senna (2010), Amy (2015) & Diego Maradona (2019), the film reveals "what was seen and what was heard" during a period of heated public debate and division centred around Goodes. The Final Quarter shows how “casual racism” can quickly spin into something profoundly damaging to not only an individual, but a nation.  


In the final three years of his playing career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, publicly called out racism, and performed an on-field Indigenous war dance in celebration for kicking a goal, similar to the New Zealand haka. He was a champion for Indigenous Australians, intent on helping to heal the divide that has dogged Australia since European colonisation.  


But, very quickly the cheers became jeers as football crowds turned on him, and he eventually walked away from the game without any of the fanfare he deserved.  


The Final Quarter holds a mirror to a disturbing period in Australia’s recent history and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.  


Since its premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June – to rave reviews, standing ovations and six sold out screenings – there has been an overwhelming outpouring of regret and support for Goodes from most Australians, as well as the media, the AFL clubs and leadership, and politicians.  


This is a truly remarkable film, already changing Australia’s understanding of racism, Indigenous culture and the nation’s true history.  


Critics and audiences alike have said it is not to be missed.  


The film will be preceded by an exclusive pre-recorded introduction from the director, Ian Darling.

A panel discussion will follow this feature. Details to follow.


Australian snack and lollies (sweets) will be on sale (cash only) + a raffle will be drawn at the drinks reception.


Image Credit: Ryan Pierse, Getty Images

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Saturday 19 Oct 201918:30 (Sold Out)
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The Glass Bottom Boat (U)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75 for the over 55's.


After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory starts to suspect his girlfriend is a Russian spy.

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Wednesday 2 Oct 201912:0015:30
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The Incredible Shrinking Wknd (18)

London Spanish Film Festival


EL INCREÍBLE FINDE MENGUANTE

To celebrate her 30th birthday, Alba and her friends rent a woodland cottage for the weekend, eager to clink glasses, let loose, and live it up to the maximum. However, the festivities turn sour when Pablo, Alba’s boyfriend, unexpectedly breaks up with her, claiming that he needs time. In a neat sci-fi trick, Alba is suddenly frozen in her own time-loop, transported back to the car journey and condemned to relive the separation over and over – but with one hour less each time. Can she avoid the inevitable and persuade Pablo of her love, before it’s too late? It’s a countdown – and time is running out.


Written and directed by Jon Mikel Caballero, The Incredible Shrinking Wknd is a dark, poignant reimagination of Groundhog Day – but for break-ups.


Preceded by the short ¡Ya Esta!

dir. Aizpea Goenaga, with Aizpea Goenaga, Barbara Goenaga, Loli Astoreka | Spain | 2019 | 10 min | cert. PG | In Spanish and Basque with English subtitles


A woman returns to her flat, flicks on the radio, and puts away her shopping. All of a sudden, however, the reception fizzles out, the windows are bolted shut, and the doors won’t budge. Imprisoned in her home and her mind, there’s no way out. A sharp psychological thriller from Basque director Aitzpea Goenaga, who plays the central role.


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Friday 27 Sep 201918:30
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The L-Shaped Room (12)

Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75


A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

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Wednesday 25 Sep 201912:0015:30
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The Look of Love (18)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


Rising from a mind-reading act, Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) grew to have a fabulously successful career as an erotica magnate that would make him the richest man in Britain. However, for all his material success, Paul's appetites mess up his personal life, such as alienating his wife with his philandering. Furthermore, even as he challenged his society's sexual mores, Paul's relationship with his daughter proves troublingly problematic as she came of age. While trying to be the best father he could, Paul gradually comes to realize that his proclivities have impoverished him in ways that mere money cannot address.


Followed by a Q&A with Paul Willets author of The Look Of Love: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, Soho’s King Of Clubs

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Saturday 5 Oct 201920:00
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The Man Who Bought The Moon

CinemaItaliaUK


L'uomo che comprò la luna

The Italian intelligence agency obtains intelligence too hard to believe: An unidentified man living in Sardinia is the real owner of the moon. The news is instantly relayed to all intelligence agencies in the world, and with each government claiming that they have the rights to the moon, they decide to dispatch a Sardinia-born secret agent into the island. Though the agent really was born in Sardinia, he has since lost all characteristics of a Sardinian, and must get private lessons to learn what it is to be a Sardinian.


Following the screening there will be a reception with free Italian food and wine.

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Saturday 12 Oct 201914:00
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The Mustang (15)

Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.

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Tuesday 24 Sep 201920:50
Monday 30 Sep 201920:50
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The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler.


“An odyssey audiences won’t soon forget” - Variety

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Friday 18 Oct 201918:3020:35
Saturday 19 Oct 201913:3015:4520:45
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The Shakedown (12A)

Soho A Go Go Film Festival


After serving time for running a prostitution ring, a man wants to pick up where he left off, but he realises things have changed.


Followed by a Q&A with Jingan Young, award winning playwright, journalist, producer, editor and host of the Soho Bites podcast.

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Friday 4 Oct 201918:30
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The Spy Within (PG)

London Spanish Film Festival


MUDAR LA PIEL

Juan Gutiérrez is a negotiator who strove to generate peace between ETA and the Spanish government during the most violent years of Spanish political conflict (1980s-90s). Roberto Flórez is his best friend and confidant – but also a double-crossing spy, who kept him under secret surveillance at all times. This is the first of countless betrayals, discrepancies, and misgivings at play in this captivating, slippery work – a documentary, but with a healthy dose of fiction – featuring intense, candid interviews with both men in turn. Winner of the 2017 MECAS Award at Las Palmas International Film Festival, first-time directors Cristóbal Fernández and Ana Schulz (Juan’s own daughter) create a deeply personal, moving film, exploring the powerful bonds of affection between parent and child, double-agent and mediator, traitor and comrade… and the best of friends.

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Sunday 29 Sep 201913:00
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The Woman of the Century (PG)

London Spanish Film Festival


LA DONA DEL SEGLE

Barcelona, 1919. A city awash with workers’ strikes, criminal gangs, and social divisions. Consuelo, a young woman raised in an orphanage, is mistaken for a seamstress at department store El Siglo – the exemplary bourgeois establishment of the era. Yet, rather than point out the error, she simply completes the job to an excellent standard, and is soon offered a full-time contract. However, her lowly background and lack of proper documentation, at a time of entrenched class-based prejudice, threaten to shatter her feminist dreams of empowerment and emancipation. When all seems lost, a possible lifeline emerges: might she be the daughter of famous painter Isidre Nonell and his gypsy muse? A film dedicated to all those women who bravely stirred the winds of revolutionary change at the start of the twentieth century.

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Saturday 28 Sep 201914:00
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Thirty Souls (15)

London Spanish Film Festival


TRINTA LUMES

Set in the sparsely-populated village of O Courel, Galicia, Thirty Souls is a mysterious, magical, and haunting meditation on the life-cycle of birth and death in rural Spain. Deeply embedded in local folkloric tradition and the fragile balance between innocence and experience, two children, Alba and Samuel, explore abandoned homes in search of missing names and vanished livelihoods. They expose the sheer power of the Galician landscape with its echoing, menacing mountains and sublime sense of imminent threat. This oneiric love-letter to a remote, enchanting region of Spain – which took a full six years to shoot – is painted through daily rhythms and cadences, exposing life at its most tender and brutal, inviting and savage.


Followed by a Q&A with the director

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Saturday 28 Sep 201916:15
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Tito & Tita, Gym Lumbera and an imagined past

American Export


A screening of works by Tito & Tita and collective member, Gym Lumbera. Often working with formats such as Super 8 and 16mm their films interrogate the possibilities of photographic media and its various histories.  


A Q&A with Gym Lumbera led by Dr May Adadol Ingawanij (moving image theorist, historian, curator and Co-Director of CREAM) follows the screening.


Class Picture

Dir. Tito & Tita

2012 | 4' | 16mm transferred to video | colour | sound


Shot on the short-ends of expired 16mm film, this work evokes faded memories and injects lyricism and humour into the archetypal class picture alongside the fleeting sound of waves crashing on a beach.


Anak Araw

Dir. Gym Lumbera

2012 | 70' | Super 8 + 16mm + 35mm transferred to HD | B&W | sound


Anak Araw follows a Filipino albino who searches for his identity in an imaginary past. Believing he is of American descent he teaches himself English using a Tagalog-English dictionary. Set in the 1950s, the film integrates original celluloid footage with archive material to create a unique, dreamlike atmosphere in which the filmmaker explores the nature of identity in a postcolonial situation.


Gym Lumbera was born in a quaint town in Batangas, Philippines by a lake that had a volcano right at its heart. Lumbera’s place of birth and the depth with which his connections to it run, threads through all of his films from his early shorts to his last feature, Anak Araw (2012). He is a recipient of the Ani ng Dangal National Award for Cinema 2012 from the President of the Philippines.


Tito & Tita are a film and art collective. Through installation, film, photography and collective actions they explore the spatial, architectural, performative, and cinematic elements of image- making, often working with small-gauge film formats such as Super 8 and 16 mm. Their name Tito & Tita is Tagalog for 'uncle and aunts', suggesting an informal network of artist collaborators. Along with Gym Lumbera the network’s current incarnation includes filmmakers Shireen Seno and Timmy Harn, production designer, Jacyn Esquillon, cinematographer, Jippy Pascua and artist Charles Salazar.


Tito & Tita and Gym Lumbera have featured in various festivals, institutions and artist-run spaces including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, Documenta (13), Tate Modern (London), M+ (Hong Kong), MoMA and The Museum of the Moving Image (New York).


This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.

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Monday 30 Sep 201918:30
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London Surf / Film Festival


WORLD PREMIERE


A live and immersive audio visual free surfing experience from multi award-winning filmmaker Chris McClean and composer / musician CJ Mirra.  European surfing is full of beautiful backdrops and arresting locations at the mercy of the raging North Atlantic and the continent’s abstractly mystical customs, objects and personalities. Combining epic waveriding, luscious landscapes and Chris McClean’s trademark rich cinematography with CJ Mirra’s signature sensory soundscapes and original scores, this visceral journey is an emotive experience.  

Performed live with musicians including Lee-Ann Curren, this sonic feast captures the ephemeral nature of surfing, a moment that cannot be recreated.  A surfing interpretation for our time.


- PLUS -

Tan Madonna Dir. Alex Knost

A very special screening

Blending cutting edge, waveriding with an art house, analogue overlay, this directorial debut from artist/surfer/musician Alex Knost views the smooth lines of Michael February, Lee Ann Curren, Harry Bryant & Karina Rozunko through a fresh lense. Captured on HD Digital, Super 16mm & Super 8mm across the point breaks of Baja Mexico and Australia, the beaches of France plus the reefs of Indonesia, and accompanied by a soundscape recorded live on location by Alex & Lee-Ann, this is a big-screen must see.


Accompanied by a Q+A


Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK

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Saturday 12 Oct 201919:00
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Where They Need to Stand

CinemaItaliaUK


The issue of racism and fear of immigrants is increasingly current in most of Europe: populism and sovereign propaganda find here the fertile ground to nurture consent. Despite this, there are people who practice solidarity and welcome. The film tells the stories of 4 italian women, of different ages and from different border areas, who have decided to spend themselves to help the weakest.


Director Daniele Gaglianone will attend the Q&A.

Following the screening there will be a reception with free Italian food and wine.


The screening is in collaboration with FILL - Festival of Italian Literature in London.

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Tuesday 15 Oct 201919:30
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White Rhino

London Surf / Film Festival


UK PREMIERE


An immersive, parallel story captured from the perspective of big wave surfers and photographers who witnessed the largest surf ever seen. Shot in dazzling cinematography with vivid insight, this award-winning movie is beautifully crafted around one photographer's journey to capture the wave of a lifetime.


Three epic swells hit the South Pacific lighting up Teahupo’o and Cloudbreak, providing conditions only madmen could dream of, historical days for those who dare to challenge the 'White Rhino’.  Epic waves, epic wipe outs, epic tales.


Featuring: Bruce Irons, Nathan Fletcher, Mark Healey, Kalani Chapman, Kohl Christensen, Dave Wassel and Brian Bielmann.


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Flight 566 to Beirut Dir. Guillem Cruells (5mins)

Adrien Toyen boards a flight to the Lebanon to surf a mystical slab and voyage… home.


Tuckeroo Dir. Elly Norman (3mins)

Featuring Jaleesa Vincent. “In the water she's elegant, yet with an air of edginess and flair that puts her in a league of her own,” said Stab. We concur.

Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK

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Friday 11 Oct 201920:45
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Zone Frequency

London Surf / Film Festival


EUROPEAN PREMIERE


Prepare to have your mind expanded by some of the most radical and stylish surfing from some of the planet’s most innovative wave sliding talents… Ryan Burch, Dave Rastovich, Ozzie Wright, Robin Kegel et al


Over three years in the making, multi award-winning master filmmaker Jack Coleman returns with this stylish and visually spectacular curation of surfing from the boundaries of waveriding and beyond, taking in Australia, Indo, Morocco, Mexico, NZ, Hawaii, Fiji, Spain, and California


Combining stunning cinematography and an epic soundtrack, this fully independently funded feature, is an ode to the joy of surfing to your own tune and the highly anticipated follow to 2016’s award winning The Zone.


“Frequencies are energy - and energy is what we are all made out of – that is why we are connected to every living thing and to each other.”


Followed by a Q+A with director Jack Coleman


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Musical Voyage Dir. Patrick Trefz


An intimate road trip, journeying into the musical mind of surfer, musician Lee-Ann Curren. Captured on 16mm by longtime friend and collaborator Patrick Trefz and accompanied by narrative and jam sessions with Lee-Ann, Tom, Pat & Frank Curren this rich introspective travels from the Basque County to Big Sur.


Presented by Lee-Ann Curren


Showing with: Shorties shortlisted film, 5mins, UK


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Friday 11 Oct 201919:00